Influencer and ex-Big Brother housemate, 30, warns against fox eye facelifts


Big Brother’s Ryan Ruckledge, 30, warns against fox-eye facelifts after a freebie treatment left him hospitalised with a ‘horrific’ infection – with doctors fearing he had sepsis

  • Ryan Ruckledge, 30, from Blackpool, had fox-eye facelift gifted by a company
  • Said two weeks afterwards he got serious infection and ended up in hospital
  • Is now warning others about the procedure, which lifts the brows and outer eye 
  • Appearing alongside him on This Morning, Dr Pamela Benito said it can be safe

An influencer and ex-Big Brother housemate has warned against ‘fox eye’ facelifts after claiming he was left in hospital with a serious infection following a freebie treatment. 

Ryan Ruckledge, 30, from Blackpool, told Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning how he was gifted the 20-minute procedure, which is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure lifts the brows and outer corners of your eyes.

However the influencer said he woke up feeling like he had been hit by a bus afterwards, and two weeks later, his face was so infected it began to swell and leak with pus. 

He ended up in hospital, with medics at one stage worried the infection, which lasted six months, could have been sepsis. 

The 30-year-old explained that after the surgery, he woke up at ‘6am in the morning’, saying: ‘When I woke up, I was like, “Oh my god have I been hit by a bus?” It was horrific.’ 

Speaking on This Morning, Ryan Ruckledge, 30, from Blackpool, warned against 'fox eye' facelifts after claiming he was left in hospital with a serious infection following a freebie treatment

Speaking on This Morning, Ryan Ruckledge, 30, from Blackpool, warned against ‘fox eye’ facelifts after claiming he was left in hospital with a serious infection following a freebie treatment

The infection started two weeks after, causing his face to swell and he ended up in hospital, with medics concerned that the infection could have been sepsis

The infection started two weeks after, causing his face to swell and he ended up in hospital, with medics concerned that the infection could have been sepsis

Ryan admitted that he was offered the £500 fox eye facelift via a message for free in exchange for promoting the company on his Instagram and did not do any research beforehand

Ryan admitted that he was offered the £500 fox eye facelift via a message for free in exchange for promoting the company on his Instagram and did not do any research beforehand

Appearing on the programme today, Ryan said he was offered the £500 fox eye facelift via a message for free in exchange for promoting the company on his Instagram and did not do any research beforehand. 

The £500 treatment uses dissolvable stitches to create almond shaped eyes with a lifted brow tail, and is aimed to giving women a lifted brow and upper eye lid lift without the downtime of surgery as it takes just half an hour – and should heal completely in less than two weeks.

Called the fox-eye threadlift, clinics advertise the procedure on social-media sites with videos of patients before and after, with the corner of their eyes swept up and back in dramatic fashion.

The looks of American A-list models Bella Hadid and Kim Kardashian’s sister Kendall Jenner are often cited as an inspiration, and in the UK, models Katie Price and Danielle Lloyd have admitted having the treatment.

After the procedure, Ryan said he woke up feeling as though 'he had been hit by a bus' and he ended up in hospital

After the procedure, Ryan said he woke up feeling as though ‘he had been hit by a bus’ and he ended up in hospital  

What is a fox eye facelift?

How it works

The fox-eye threadlift procedure, which costs between £350 and £500, involves injections of local anaesthetic around the temples before a cannula – a thin, blunt-ended hollow tube – is pushed beneath the skin.

A thread is inserted into the cannula and teased upwards using a needle and careful hand movements. On the bottom of the thread are tiny, corrugated discs which attach to the tissue in the face and allow the skin to be dragged upwards and secured in place.

A finger is then placed on the very tip of the thread to ensure it stays tight while the cannula is withdrawn.

As the procedure involves a single needle puncture, which heals on its own, it is not technically considered surgery.

Down time

The suture will dissolve overtime with minimal side effects. The skin folds and needle mark will fully heal over 3-10days leaving behind a natural lift.

Cost

The cost on average is £500-£750.

How long does it last?

Results last up to a year.

How does it differ from surgery?

There are no permanent changes to your face and you won’t have part of your eyelid cut away as with a blepharoplasty. You can also adapt the changes after the treatment if you’d like a less dramatic look.

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Describing the procedure, he said it wasn’t ‘too painful’ because the area had been numbed beforehand. 

However he confessed: ‘It was quite vigorous. 

She put a thread in my eyebrow but I also had cheek threads done as well.

‘I wanted a more lifted look.’ 

However after he woke up feeling unwell, he explained: ‘It started getting swollen after a couple of days but I thought, “That’s probably normal.”

‘The infection started about two weeks after.’

He continued: ‘I went to the doctors to get antibiotics and they did not work. 

‘I ended up in hospital on an antibiotic drip. Nothing was getting rid of it.’

He continued: ‘My body was actually reacting to the thread that was in my eye. 

‘It was meant to dissolve after a couple of months and heal with this lifted look but because my eye was rejecting it, it was not healing.

‘All the pus was coming out and I had to deal with it in my own hands.’

As well as doctors worrying he had contracted sepsis, Ryan has previously spoken of how the procedure could have left him ‘blind.’  

After the programme showed photographs of his swollen face and the after effects of the procedure, Ryan quipped: ‘Imagine me trying to pull a fella like that, I look like an avatar!’ 

When the presenters asked about the clinic’s help following the procedure, Ryan said: ‘I don’t feel like I was supported in the after care, no.’

Ryan added that the experience had really affected his mental health. The 30-year-old said: ‘I didn’t want to go out. 

‘When I did go out people were staring at my face like I was some kind of freak. It really did affect me mentally.’

And he confessed that he wants to get corrective surgery because he believes that one eyelid is now more droopy than the other and he thinks it makes him look ‘old’.

Meanwhile Ryan also revealed how he feels guilty for promoting the procedure on his social media.

Holly and Philip then spoke to Dr Pamela Benito, a facial aesthetics specialist, who said fox eye lifts do not come without risk, but that they can be done safely.

Ryan added that the experience had really affected his mental health and that he did not want to go out because he felt like 'some kind of freak'

Ryan added that the experience had really affected his mental health and that he did not want to go out because he felt like ‘some kind of freak’

Holly and Philip then spoke to Dr Pamela Benito, a facial aesthetics specialist, who said fox eye lifts do not come without risk, but that they can be done safely

Holly and Philip then spoke to Dr Pamela Benito, a facial aesthetics specialist, who said fox eye lifts do not come without risk, but that they can be done safely 

She said it is important that people do their research and find the right practitioner who is clinically qualified and knows what they are doing.

She said: ‘It’s unfortunate that it’s gone wrong, and with any medical procedure, there are risks.’ 

Dr Pamela went on to explain that people should also have a consultation before the procedure with them. 

The end of botched lips? Experts want fillers to be made prescription-only in crackdown on UK’s ‘wild west’ cosmetic market 

Dermal fillers and lip injections should be made prescription-only to keep the public safe from botched cosmetic procedures on their faces, MPs have been told.

Moving to a prescription model would lead to a crackdown on cowboy practitioners by making medical professionals responsible for dishing out the treatments, experts claimed.

It would require Brits to have a face-to-face consultation with a medical professional capable of prescribing, like a doctor, who would explain the risks and benefits of the procedure.

Professor David Sines, chair of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners, called for the move to apply to dermal filler injectors, which deliver various substances under the skin.

Under current rules an aesthetic practitioner in the UK does not need any mandatory qualifications, meaning anyone can go on a basic training course and then be allowed to perform dermal filler treatments.

The comments were made to MPs on the Health and Social Care Committee during a session on the impact of body image on mental and physical health.

‘We believe they should firmly become prescription only devices, because if they were then there would be a requirement for oversight from prescribers, which would provide greater protection for the public,’ Professor Sines said.

Thousands of Britons, mostly women, get dermal fillers every year, a procedure where a substance, typically hyaluronic acid, is injected into the face to fill out wrinkles or make lips and cheekbones bigger or look more defined.

The procedure has boomed in recent years as women aspire to look like celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian, prompting concern from experts worried that Britons are falling victim to a largely unregulated cosmetic aesthetic industry.

 

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